Congressional Black Caucus calls out Omarosa Manigault for use of title “Honorable” in connection with Trump invitation.
“As requested by the president, we would like to schedule a follow-up meeting with the entire membership of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss issues pertinent to your members,” Manigault wrote in the invitation, obtained by POLITICO.
But multiple CBC members said they were put off that she signed the invitation as “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault,” saying she hasn’t earned that title nor has she helped raise the profile of CBC issues within the White House as promised. More from Politico here.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo continued to brief NSA Director Michael Flynn with full knowledge of FBI investigation!
Pompeo still briefed Flynn on secrets as CIA knew concerns. Jeremy Bash, former CIA chief of staff, talks with Rachel Maddow about a new New York Times report that while the CIA knew about the concerns about Mike Flynn, CIA Director Mike Pompeo continued to deliver briefings on U.S. secrets with Flynn present. MSNBC has more here.
Sessions involved hosting dinners where Russian lobbyist attended after testifying he had no contacts with Russian lobbyists while involved with Trump campaign!
Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions. Richard Burt contradicts Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he didn’t believe he had contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests during Trump’s campaign.
“I did attend two dinners with groups of former Republican foreign policy officials and Senator Sessions,”
Richard Burt said.
Asked whether Sessions was unfamiliar with Burt’s role as a lobbyist for Russian interests – a fact that is disclosed in public records – or had any reason to be confused about the issue, Burt told the Guardian that he did not know.
Several media reports published before Trump’s election in November noted that Burt advised then candidate Trump on his first major foreign policy speech, a role that brought him into contact with Sessions personally. More from The Guardian here.
Reports show President Trump’s children Don Jr. and Eric may have ties to Mexican drug cartels.
Scott Dworkin at the Democratic Coalition Against Trump found a series of #TrumpLeaks photos of Trump Jr. on the bank’s website leading people to believe there was more to this story. He said:
“Don Jr. is looking for an easy out. He met one on one with the head of a bank that was actively running a scam to launder money for mexican drug lords. When confronted with hard evidence, he didn’t deny or clarify, he ran away and hid like a coward.”
More from Blue Dot Daily here.
Trump’s EPA Administrator Pruitt lies and flouts incorrect stats on coal jobs on Sunday morning political shows.
On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claimed that the U.S. has created 50,000 jobs in the coal sector since the fourth quarter of 2016. The statistic carries an important message for the White House. Trump has brought extraordinary attention to the decline of coal jobs, for which he’s blamed Obama-imposed regulations. Coal’s immediate bounce-back would represent a major early win for a president who has made promises to revive the economy of the 1950s, when mining was more dominant.
But Pruitt’s statistic wasn’t just flagrantly incorrect. It’s being used to support a nonsensical argument that the United States should orient its global policy based on a sector employing 0.03 percent of the economy, as there are fewer coal mining workers than there are people employed at Carl’s Jr. franchises or Disney World.
Quite simply, the coal sector has added about 1,000 jobs since October 2016—not 50,000. More from The Atlantic here.
Paul Manafort says Russians failed to influence him in 2016 election hacking, but did they really? Russians routinely use unwitting agents.
“If there ever was any effort by Russians to influence me, I was unaware, and they would have failed,” Mr. Manafort said in a statement. “I did not collude with the Russians to influence the elections.”
Whether the Russians worked directly with any Trump advisers is one of the central questions that federal investigators, now led by Robert S. Mueller III, the newly appointed special counsel, are seeking to answer. President Trump, for his part, has dismissed talk of Russian interference in the election as “fake news,” insisting there was no contact between his campaign and Russian officials. Read the story from the New York Times here.
The New York Times is reporting that top Russian officials discussed how to influence Trump aides last summer involving Paul Manafort. A former partner of Manafort, Russian aluminum oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska is now seeking immunity for his testimony. Read the current story from the New York Times here.
In his excellent testimony March 30 before the Senate intelligence committee, Thomas Rid, a professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, explains how Russia has perfected the art of exploiting unwitting agents. The Atlantic explains how Russians dupe people into unwitting agents here.
Opinion: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is worried. About Michael Flynn.
So, if the Pentagon investigation into Mike Flynn has nothing to do with the Russia investigation the FBI is doing, why is Sessions running from even the announcement like a puppy who hears the word “vet” mentioned? Is it because he doesn’t want to possibly be put in the position of being forced to prosecute another Trump acolyte if the Pentagon refers the case to the Justice Department? Sessions would come off almost as bad, if not worse if he quashed a prosecution than if he rolled Flynn over. Or is it possible that Flynn knows something about Sessions, or just as likely that Sessions knows something about Flynn? They were both in the Trump campaign at the time Flynn sold his soul to the Turks. If he has to refer Flynn for prosecution, does Flynn offer to cut a deal, either with the Justice Department, or the FBI, offering them Sessions in return for leniency? Or does he just go straight for the throat and go to the media to out Sessions? Read more from the DailyKos here.
It seems many in Trump’s administration may likely be caught up in the Russia-gate affair, while other associates may also have knowledge of certain events that occurred. No wonder loyalty is so important to “The DONALD!” Once you’re in the family, you can never leave. What are your thoughts?